Wildfire-Related Filming Announcements

FilmL.A.For Filmmakers, Production Alerts

As a service to the production community, FilmL.A. has consolidated all recent fire-related updates pertaining to filming.

Please bookmark this post to access the most recent information including the following updates from the City and County of Los Angeles:


Update 12/8/17, 12:00 p.m.

Having reviewed the current fire danger impacting several areas in the City, the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department are jointly modifying City-mandated limits on filming in Mountain Fire Zones and other areas, which have been in effect since December 6.

Effective immediately, filming and related activity will once again be allowed in the Griffith Park, Elysian Park and Ernest E. Debs Park areas.

Suspension of filming and filming related activity remains in effect in very high fire severity zones including the following:

  • Sunland/Tujunga Fire Area
  • Skirball/Temescal Canyon to Franklin Fire Area
  • Hansen Dam

At this time, filming restrictions at L.A. County-operated parks and facilities remain unchanged.  Scroll down to see a list of off-limits County controlled properties per FilmL.A.’s December 6 announcement.  The Angeles National Forest also remains off-limits to filming, through December 18.

Production representatives with questions or concerns are invited to contact Sgt. Vincent Aguirre, LAPD Contract Services Section Film Unit for more information at (213) 486-0672.

FilmL.A.’s Production Planning Team is also available to assist in the identification of available locations for filming at (213) 977-8600.


 Update 12/7/17, 1:30 p.m.

Applications for Filming in Angeles National Forest Halted Until 12/18/17 Due to Brush Fires

Due to current brush fires, we are not able to accept permit applications for the Angeles National Forest with first dates of activity occurring before December 18th, 2017.

Permit applications for production activity occurring on or after 12/18 will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis.

For questions about filming in the Angeles National Forest or for answers to general production related questions please contact or Production Planning team at 213.977.8600


Update 12/6/17, 6:00 p.m.

On December 6, citing risks to public safety posed by multiple area wildfires, Mayor Garcetti declared a local State of Emergency in the City of Los Angeles.  With police and fire resources on tactical Alert, and with safety their main concern, the Los Angeles Police Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department, has suspended all permitted filming in Mountain Fire Zone and other affected areas.

The LAPD’s order revokes all previously issued permissions to film in named areas from Wednesday, December 6th beginning at 3 p.m. and ending Monday, December 11th at 6 a.m.. Affected areas include:

  • All City-Designated Mountain Fire Zones
  • Sunland/Tujunga Fire Area
  • Skirball Fire Area
  • Pacific Palisades Area
  • Griffith Park
  • Elysian Park
  • Ernest E. Debs Park
  • Hansen Dam Recreation Area

FilmL.A. is reaching out to affected production companies to notify them of the change.

Production representatives with questions or concerns are invited to contact Sgt. Vincent Aguirre, LAPD Contract Services Section – Film Unit for more information at (213) 486-0672.

FilmL.A.’s Production Planning Team is also available to assist in the identification of alternate locations for filming at (213) 977-8600.


Update 12/6/17, 5:59 p.m.

Fire-Related Filming Restrictions in Effect for Select L.A. County Parks

The County of Los Angeles remains under a State of Emergency owing to the presence of multiple area wildfires.  Until further notice, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation has suspended all permitted filming activity and approvals for new film permits utilizing the following park facilities:

  • Castaic Aquatics Center
  • Castaic Lake
  • Castaic Sports Complex
  • Crescenta Valley Park
  • Dexter Park
  • El Cariso Park
  • El Cariso Golf Course
  • Placerita Canyon Nature Center
  • San Fernando Pool
  • Tesoro Adobe Park
  • Tujunga Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
  • William S. Hart Park
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park

Update 12/5/17, 5:00 p.m.

Applications for Filming in Angeles National Forest Halted Until 12/15/17 Due to Brush Fires

Due to the current brush fires, we are not able to accept permit applications for the Angeles National Forest with first dates of activity occurring before December 15th, 2017.

Permit applications for production activity occurring after December 15th will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

For questions about filming in the Angeles National Forest or for answers to general production related questions please contact or Production Planning team at 213.977.8600.


Update 12/5/17, 5:00 p.m.

USFOs Unavailable for Filming in Mountain Fire Zones/Fire Severity Zones

The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) is currently on TACTICAL ALERT in response to the ongoing wildfires.

Effective 12/06/2017, and until further notice, the LAFD will be unable to assign any Uniformed Fire Safety Officers (UFSOs) for filming in “Mountain Fire Zone” areas.

Current permits for production activity in ‘Very High Fire Severity Zones’ requiring UFSO staff will be cancelled.

UFSO assignments in non-affected areas will be staffed as normal.

For questions, please contact FilmL.A.’s Production Planning team at 213.977.8600.